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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Grizzley9 Re:So stating the obvious then (208 comments)

PC is the best then PS4 then Xbox One. I guess hardware does matter when it comes to gaming. Anyone else not surprised? As for Xbox, it looks like they will be behind until the next generation unless they update the hardware. The ESRAM buffer does not seem to be making up the gap as they hoped it would.

Only behind (in graphics) to PS4 owners. Hardware is virtually the same.

yesterday
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Grizzley9 Re:All we need it to get rid of is Apple... (131 comments)

with it's payed developer program. Why they h*ll do we need to pay $75 bucks to be able to put some stuff on our phone that we own.

You don't. You have a choice to choose another platform or to even jailbreak it. It's actually fairly smart of Apple to do that as it keeps down the cruft, is easier for reviewers to wade through the submissions and arguably makes for a better experience for the end user since most are not developers themselves. But Android has more marketshare/eyeballs and a more open platform. Your beef isn't with Apple, it's with your own decision to choose that platform.

2 days ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Grizzley9 Rendezvous with Rama (242 comments)

Still hoping someday to see a movie based on Arthur C Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" book/series. Wish a serious producer would develop it (yes I know of that IMDB entry that has been there for nearly a decade). It is one of the best works of one of the best SciFi writers. Are the rights to it too expensive? Is it too difficult to translate to the big screen? The set at least would be no more complicated and green screened than any other larger SciFi. I'm just surprised it hasn't been done yet on what seems an obvious choice instead of yet another rehash of a current scifi series.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Grizzley9 Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Historically, "Life" has been defined as being any phenomenon that possesses all 5 life processes:

#1 Food intake/ nutrition #2 Respiration #3 Excretion #4 Growth & Repair #5 Reproduction

However, this seems to have been expanded to 7:

#1 Movement #2 Respiration #3 Sensitivity #4 Growth #5 Excretion #6 Reproduction #7 Nutrition

This is for "Life" in the generalized sense, fully abstracted away from any specific mechanisms by which those processes may be achieved. It is perfectly sensible for an artificial lifeform to be constructed, as long as it is able to fully carry out those processes. It needn't have any organic components whatsoever.

Nowhere in the historical definition of "life" used by life science is there a requirement for specific mechanisms-- just processes.

By your second list, some forms of organized sets or software can be considered life.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

Grizzley9 Re:Jack of all trades (129 comments)

I mainly use my AppleTV for Netflix on my non-smart tv as well as streaming Hulu from my iPhone to it via PlayOn. I don't buy any movies via iTunes either.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Grizzley9 Dual Screen? (236 comments)

The pics could easily be taken out of context though. Perhaps the Surface Pros were being used to display other data while they could also look up or get info from their iPads? Dual Screen work flow? I fail to see how this is some controversy.

about two weeks ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

Grizzley9 Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

> Apple's security is added

Hmmmm, that's not exactly a selling point I'm afraid. Scanning my Visa card into Apple's cloud just creates another possible point of security breach imho.

You obviously know nothing how Apple's security with it's pay system works. Your card info is never in Apples cloud. Basically without too many details, an encrypted blob is initially passed via them to your bank and another encrypted blob comes back from your bank with your token and device ID. Apple never sees it or could see it. That's the only time its done is in the setup. After that all transactions are made via a one-time token via your phone to the reader along with your fingerprint, never going to Apple. It's not backed up to iCloud.

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Grizzley9 Re:Why do folks think anyone cares (764 comments)

You would never have even heard of this story if it weren't news and weren't of interest to a lot of people.

We wouldn't have heard it *this time*, and frankly, good cause I'm tired of hearing about his sexual preferences making the news. This has been in articles since before he was CEO of Apple. This is not new nor is it news. #slownewsday

about three weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Grizzley9 Re:Target, KMart, and WalMart (558 comments)

This. I noticed when first announced that no major grocery stores are supporting Apple Pay (yet - in store, Target is only for online through their app). Most iPhone users would love to use this, hence your theory is correct. The first grocery or gas station (at pumps-not at register Texaco) to allow Apple Pay will reap a huge first-mover award just due to the novelty of it.

about three weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Grizzley9 Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

When will Apple Pay work with Paypal instead of the CC companies? While there are less protections, I would think Paypal would want to be involved in this. Though seeing as how their own app doesn't even work with their own 2-factor authentication, I'm not very optimistic this will happen.

about three weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Grizzley9 Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

but transactions over Interac flash are capped at under 100$

I think I've spotted a weakness.

about three weeks ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Grizzley9 Re:And what of upselling? (720 comments)

These days it's often faster to pump the fuel and walk into the building to have a human clerk ring-in the purchase and accept payment. I detest ATMs and pay-at-the-pump machines which all make the process more lengthy then the old manual ways.

What gas pumps are you using? In no station have I ever been at where the pumps are slower than walking in. Besides, for the past 10 years all pumps make you pay before pumping. Slide card, put in zip (usually), want receipt?, occasional ask for car wash, select grade and pump. Literally like 3-5 seconds in every pump I've ever seen.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Grizzley9 What do they mean... (256 comments)

What is meant by "direct sales". Is it like in NJ where they can have a rep tell you about it but cant discuss price? In order to buy you have to go to Teslamotors.com and order it yourself? Or do they mean you can't even do the latter and get it delivered to your house or won't give you tags in that state?

about a month ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Grizzley9 Miles? (62 comments)

"At a distance of only 10 miles from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface, the European Rosetta mission..."

An EU mission using miles as a distance calculation...we've seen this movie before unfortunately.

about a month ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Grizzley9 Re:Not a good solution (549 comments)

Password manager tools are only useful when you are logging in from your own device. What do you do when you need to hop on a friend's computer, or the one at the public library? Or are there cloud based password managers out there (and if so... that just raises further questions).

There are a few such as the popular Lastpass that store passwords in the cloud but encrypted. Many have browser plugins which make filing in forms and storing that info straightforward. That or you could simply look up on your phone while at another PC (numerous mobile password managers). If you lost your phone and that's why you are using a strange computer you could still wipe it remotely and if Apple you could just restore to a new device via icloud. I'm sure Android has numerous password managers that sync with Dropbox as well. (1Password, Lastpass, KeePass, etc)

about a month ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Grizzley9 Re:not quite (320 comments)

That is a pretty retarded argument. "It's good because it sells well". That's the same argument you can use for Microsoft and McDonalds and GM.

The fact that people will watch it for free is no good indicator of quality.

I also believe they used the same argument for Two and a half men.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Grizzley9 Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (534 comments)

Of course, the god believed in by the alien (and mused on by Sawyer, who I believe remains an atheist) is an unknowable, silent, watchmaker god who sprung up spontaneously from the quantum vacuum

Then whatever that created thing is isn't a god or God. Something bound by this universe and it's physical laws in no way can be a god let alone God.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grizzley9 Re:Do longevity tests account for crappy power? (602 comments)

However, the power at my house is terrible -- lights flicker and dim several times a day, and I completely lose power several times a year. All the computers are on UPSes, but it would be prohibitive to put all the lights on one.

It sounds like you need to call an electrician and get a whole house surge protector installed.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grizzley9 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I also write the date on mine. CFL's never last their lifetime in the ceiling canisters they are installed in. They must overheat or something and the electronics fail. I've purchased Cree LED for the pantry and it's light comes on when you open the door. Leave the door open too long and the heat from the incandescent must heat it up as the Cree will shut down (thermal switch?) until cooled. Plus the glass dome over the Cree LED fell off. But still great lights. Will continue to replace incandescents with Cree as they die.

Now if they only made a good candelabra style LED bulb that wasn't hideous.

about 2 months ago

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Sprint to get iPhone 5

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes ""Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget."

This could also mean that despite rumors of a September launch it could be mid October before we see Apple's new flagship product launch, too late to effect their fiscal fourth quarter ending in September. "On a July earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company's September quarter would be affected by "a future product transition that we are not going to talk about today,". While that cold be iOS 5, it likely will not launch until the next iPhone is ready to display it."

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AT&T Removing Texting Plans

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes "AT&T is revamping their text plans for new users. No more middle of the road $10 plans for 1000 text messages. Now it will be unlimited for $30 per family plan or pay per text msg at a rate of $0.20 ea. So if you use over 150 msgs consistently you'll have to pay up."
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